Vizio preps for Windows 8 allinone PCs get touchscreens, notebooks get 'enhanced' touchpads

As is all the rage right now, Vizio is upgrading its lineup to support Windows 8's more touch-centric UI. The company's 24-inch and 27-inch all-in-one PCs will receive touch panels, resulting in a price bump to $998 for the base 24-incher with Ivy Bridge and Kepler internals, 1920 x 1080 display and 500GB hard drive. Meanwhile, Vizio's Ultrabooks -- both the 14-inch and 15.6-inch models -- and its heftier 15.6-inch Full HD notebook will all get "enhanced multi-gesture touchpads" that will allow exactly the same swipes, taps and pinches as a touchscreen. These laptops will start at $849 for the smaller Ultrabook and $1,129 for the notebook. Expect the whole lot to arrive as part of the late October crush.

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VIZIO Unveils Holiday PC Lineup, Including 24" and 27" All-in-One Touch PCs with 1080p Full HD Touchscreen Displays, designed for Windows 8

Irvine, CA - October 11, 2012 - VIZIO, Inc., announced today its holiday line-up of Windows 8-based PCs, highlighted by a 24" and 27" All-in-One Touch PC with 10-finger capacitive touchscreen displays. Equipped with stunning full HD 1080p displays and an impressive 2.1 audio system with subwoofer, the VIZIO All-in-One Touch PC brings entertainment directly to the user's fingertips for a fast and fluid Windows 8 experience.

Along with the introduction of the stunning 24" and 27" All-in-One Touch PCs, VIZIO's PC lineup includes two Ultrabooks™ and a Notebook - the VIZIO14" and 15.6" Thin + Light and 15.6" Notebook. These new models arrive in time for the holidays with key enhancements that make them the ideal choice for users looking for optimal performance in a beautifully designed, premium PC. Both the Thin + Light and Notebook models feature an enhanced multi-gesture touchpad that allows users the ability to navigate Windows 8's touch-centric features using the same swipe, tap and pinch gestures as they would on the screen of the All-in-One PC. Elegantly combining exceptional performance, premium entertainment and touch functionality, the entire VIZIO PC line-up for Windows 8 places the power to create unique experiences at the fingertips of each user.

Featuring the beautiful, fast and fluid capabilities of Windows 8, the new line of VIZIO PCs delivers a rich experience that is all about the user. Combining powerful features like the 3rd generation Intel® Core™ processors and the latest touchscreen display and touchpad technologies, VIZIO's line-up for Windows 8 delivers performance for every task and a whole new way for consumers to interact with their device.

"The new All-in-One Touch PCs with Windows 8 are extremely user friendly, bringing both entertainment and power to the user's fingertips," said Matt McRae, VIZIO Chief Technology Officer. "We focused on delivering an enhanced touchscreen and touchpad experience so users can utilize multi-gesture touch options however they're most comfortable. Not only can customers tap, swipe or pinch directly on the All-in-One's screen, but they can also utilize the same gestures on the integrated touchpads of the Thin + Light and Notebook PCs."

Leveraging its HDTV background, VIZIO developed these PCs with brilliant picture quality, high contrast and wider viewing angles at the forefront. The custom-tuned SRS Premium Sound HD™ audio system serves as an ideal complement to the stunning video performance of these PCs, delivering rich, resonant sound. In addition, select models feature NVIDIA® Kepler™-Class GeForce® GPU graphics for those who need the added performance boost of discrete graphics processing.

To ensure a premium consumer experience, VIZIO teamed up with Microsoft Corp. to deliver the category's only PC line-up equipped with Microsoft® Signature for Windows.
"We are excited to be working with VIZIO as it brings Windows 8 to its line-up of holiday PCs," said John Case, vice president, Worldwide OEM Marketing, Microsoft. "It's impressive to see VIZIO bringing its expertise in consumer entertainment devices to PCs with HD quality display and premium audio that will provide a rich experience for customers."

The PC line-up uses the third generation Intel® Core™ processors, with the Thin + Light starting at $849 and the All-in-One Touch PCs starting at $998. The 15.6" Notebook is also available, offering maximum performance along with the Full HD display, starting at $1,129.

Consumers can find the VIZIO All-in-One Touch PCs with Windows 8 on VIZIO.com as well as at key retailers such as Walmart, Walmart.com, Sam's Club, Amazon.com and MicrosoftStore.com this holiday, with pre-order for VIZIO Thin + Lights starting tomorrow on Amazon.com. For VIZIO PC users operating Windows 7 looking to upgrade to Windows 8, please visit www.windowsupgradeoffer.com/en-US . For more information on VIZIO PCs visit VIZIO.com.